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ABB ruling rewards cartel activity, BritNed argues

ABB ruling rewards cartel activity, BritNed argues

15 July 2019

A lower court judge made a “legal error” in undercompensating a victim of the power cables cartel, with an effect that “positively rewards” the anticompetitive conduct, counsel to BritNed has said.

Ofcom used wrong test to penalise non-existent conduct, Royal Mail counsel claims

Ofcom used wrong test to penalise non-existent conduct, Royal Mail counsel claims

15 July 2019

Royal Mail’s €50 million fine for abuse of dominance should be overturned because Ofcom penalised it for price increases that it never actually implemented, the company’s counsel has argued.

Spanish authority reimposes fines on dairy companies

Spanish authority reimposes fines on dairy companies

15 July 2019

Spain’s competition authority has fined eight dairy companies and two regional associations €80.6 million for engaging in anticompetitive information exchange, after Spain’s Supreme Court had thrown out its original infringement decision.

SAMR issues abuse fine to public water utility

SAMR issues abuse fine to public water utility

15 July 2019

China’s antitrust watchdog has penalised the state-owned water supplier in the city of Tianjin for abusing its dominance by forcing real estate developers to use a designated company when constructing certain secondary water supply facilities.

FTC brings first product-hopping claim in Suboxone settlement

FTC brings first product-hopping claim in Suboxone settlement

GCR USA - 15 July 2019

As part of a settlement to resolve criminal and civil liability for its marketing of Suboxone, Reckitt Benckiser has agreed to a Federal Trade Commission order to pay $50 million and change conduct that allegedly blocked generic competition to the opioid addiction treatment.

Leavin’ Town: The Tipline for 15 July 2019

GCR USA - 15 July 2019

Breakups stink. Participants in monogamous relationships luckily only have to face one at a time, but the City of Oakland has been double dumped. The Raiders football team and Golden State Warriors basketball team are both splitting up with the city they once called home as they take their talents to Las Vegas and San Francisco, respectively. The split with the Raiders has become so messy that the city has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League. The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has thrown a yellow penalty flag at the litigation, contending the city cannot claim lost tax revenue under US competition law.

General Court rejects optical disk drive appeals

General Court rejects optical disk drive appeals

12 July 2019

The EU’s General Court has rejected appeals from five members of the optical disk drive cartel to have their collective fines of €116 million annulled or reduced.

Firms hire and promote in Germany and Chile

Firms hire and promote in Germany and Chile

12 July 2019

Firms in Germany and Chile have hired and promoted lawyers to the partnership, while a new competition boutique has launched in Romania.

EU and South Africa conditionally clear GSK/Pfizer

EU and South Africa conditionally clear GSK/Pfizer

12 July 2019

The European Commission has ordered Pfizer to globally divest its ThermaCare brand to proceed with the company’s proposed €10.8 billion joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline, while South Africa’s enforcer also imposed remedies on the deal.

Firewalls: separation short of a breakup

Firewalls: separation short of a breakup

12 July 2019

“Break up Big Tech” has become a rallying cry on both ends of the political spectrum, as people around the world worry about dominant technology companies’ ability to buy up potential rivals and extend their reach into other areas of business. Pallavi Guniganti considers whether firewalls – separating business units operationally while keeping them under the same corporate umbrella – could address some of these competition concerns.